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MoveOn and Indivisible Call on Chuck Schumer to Lead on Holding Saudi Arabia Accountable

WASHINGTON - Responding to news that Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for the passage of the Yemen War Powers Resolution, MoveOn Campaign Director Iram Ali and Indivisible Associate Policy Director Elizabeth Beavers released the following statement urging him to follow House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's lead and cosponsor the bill:

“On behalf of millions of grassroots progressives across the United States, we applaud Leader Nancy Pelosi’s decision to cosponsor House Concurrent Resolution 138, a measure introduced by Representatives Ro Khanna, Mark Pocan, and Adam Smith to end all U.S. military participation in the catastrophic Saudi-led war in Yemen. Over the past three years, the U.S.-Saudi war has triggered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and threatens to starve to death 14 million people—half of Yemen’s population.
“Given President Trump’s defiant and erratic statements defending Saudi Arabia and refusing to take any meaningful steps to hold the Saudi government accountable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, urgent Congressional action is needed to force Trump's hand and use our best leverage with the Saudi government by ending all U.S. military involvement in the Yemen war. Ahead of this week’s vote on a Senate companion—Senate Joint Resolution 54, led by Senators Sanders, Murphy, Booker, Warren, Gillibrand, Harris, and others—we call on Leader Chuck Schumer to follow Pelosi’s lead and cosponsor the measure. We also demand that all Senate Democrats vote in support of S.J.Res. 54 to help avert a famine of an increasingly horrific magnitude that would leave 14 million on the brink of famine.

“Now is the time for Congress to reclaim and reassert its constitutional war powers.”

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